an illustration of a bookstore window framed by bricks with books on display in the window

In Praise of Good Bookstores

by Jeff Deutsch Author

What good is a bookstore in the 21st century? In the age of information, of ebooks and audiobooks, what use do we have for a musty repository of pages? In this beautiful book, author and director of the Chicago Seminary's Co-op Bookstores Jeff Deutsch explores why bookstores still matter, why they represent important civic institutions, and how they can set about fulfilling their highest calling in the era of the internet. Tracing his love of reading back to his upbringing in an Orthodox Jewish community, Deutsch sees reading as a spiritually as well as intellectually nourishing practice, and browsing as an essential act of horizon-broadening discovery. Book lovers and bookstore lovers everywhere will appreciate Deutsch's insights into the power of bookstores and the role he sees them playing in civil society.